Former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez went toe-to-toe for 25 minutes with UFC champ Benson Henderson. And, while “El Nino” was unsuccessful in claiming the title, he remains a viable contender.
To get right back into that No. 1 spot, Melendez is prepared to face whoever the UFC wants – as long as it is another worthy contender.
“There’s a lot of good guys. Whoever is hot right now. Whoever is the hot dude who is closest to getting that title shot, I’ll take it,” said Melendez, during a recent appearance on Knockout Radio/MMA Weekly.
Melendez pointed at the likes of Donald Cerrone, the loser of Jose Aldo-Anthony Pettis, Pat Healy, Joe Lauzon or Diego Sanchez, adding, “You let me know who will get me quicker to the top,” and he’ll take that fight.
Being a veteran of Strikeforce, he did add that there isn’t much interest in facing Josh Thomson or Jorge Masvidal, both fighters Melendez defeated previously.